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Feb ye 1st. A very fayr day.
Ye 2d. A cloudy, moist day. Ye Sacrament was administrd. There were severall Communicants, and I an unworthy one. Great preparations for Ireland.
Ye 3d. A very fayr day. We supt and ended our Christmas cousen Johnson’s.
Ye 4th. A fayr day. Little Betty [Bellingham’s daughter] had severall convulsions. My cousen Bellingham and I din’d att Penwortham.
Ye 5th. Little Betty continues very ill. We had both Dr Lee and Parsons to her. Ye Comrs for ye ayd mett here.
Ye 6th. A wett day. Ye child continues still very ill.
Ye 7th. This morning between one and 2 the child dy’d: was bury’d about 6 in ye evening.
Ye 8th. A very wett day. My cousen B and I were most of ye afternoon att tables att Mr. Stanley’s.
Ye 9th. This day we had ye newes of ye dissolution of ye Parliament and a new one to be call’d ye 20th of march. Mr. Birch preach’d a kind of a farewell sermon.
Ye 10th. We went to Leverpoole, whence I sent some cloaths, etc., to J. White, by Dottinger. There we stayd till ye 13th, which was a very wett day, and came home. I receiv’d a letr from J. White: was enclosed from Dublin. [‘The part of this entry from “There we stayd” to the end of it must have been written on the evening of the 13th or some time next day.’]
Feb. 14th. A fayr day. I discharg’d Mrs. Gregson for a quarters dyett. Dr Wroe came to town this evening. I supt wth him and Dr Leigh.
Feb 15 [No entry: no explanation in Hewitson]
Ye 16th. A fayr day. Mr. Bland preach’d 2 good sermons, on death. Mr. Franks came home, and the Danish Quarter master wth him.
Ye 17th. Severall of us went to Litham a coursing, and stayd there and had good diversion till ye 20th. We came home and call’d att Westby mills. This evening ye Ld Brandon came in here wth a great traine of ye militia officers and deputy Lewts of this county. [‘The greater part of this entry must have been made on the 20th or following day.’]
Ye 21th. I heard ye Danish minister pray and preach. Theyr service is very decent, and ye people very attentive. They sing much and have their hands clasp’d and elevated. I went wth Coll Carline to his lodgings, where we were treated wth Tea and coffee. In ye evening I was wth Sr Rich Standish, Coll Ashton, &c.
Ye 22th. We have had fayr weather for this week. Saw ye Danes exercise, and saw a Drummer putt to ye bastinado very severely. I was wth Mr. Fleetwood and Mr. Spenser who intends to stand for Knight of ye Shire for this county.
Ye 23th. A fayr day. Mr. Birch preach’d 2 dull sermons. I was wth ye collonell of ye Danes. We had newes of a victory at Newry.
Ye 24th. We had no prayers though a Hollyday. Dr Tarlton came to town and Vice Chancellour Leighbourn. Nabby and I supt wth my sister.
Ye 25th. No prayers. My cousen W. B. and I walk’t to and dind att Penwortham. I treated my Doctors and Shepheard att Corks.
Ye 26th. Some raine. Chancery Court. Mr Preston of Hooker came here, and assures us that Mr. Stanley and Holt will stand for ye Kts of ye Shire. Edward Brandon Gerrard went hence to Ormskirk.
Ye 27th. A fayr day. We walk’d to Walton, and att night was treated att my sisters. We had newes that Coll Wolseley had defeated a great party of ye Irish att Cavan and wounded ye Duke of Berwick.
Ye 28th. A sharp day. I was wth Roger Kenyon. Ye writts for electing Parliament men are gone from hence. We have ye defeat att Dundalke confirm’d. Alderman Percivall came here, and confirms ye newes of Wolseley’s victory att Cavan. Ye like account ye Ld Brandon brought wth him.